Press Release: Pain Free on a Budget
People are not supposed to be in pain for a long period of time. The body was not designed that way. But, the opioid crisis America is suffering from today is a sign that long-term pain has become all too common. These powerful drugs are not only addictive and dangerous, but also expensive. If America is going to find its way out of this epidemic we need to discover why people are in so much long-term pain.
Pain starts from one of three sources, injury, including repetitive motion, environmental stresses like pollutants and electromagnetic fields, and bad diet. But, when people fail to heal and turn the pain into a happily forgotten memory, it is often due to what a person is eating day to day.
One of the great benefits of living in a modern society is that we have access to all kinds of foods. Coincidentally, one of the problems of our modern world is that it allows us to easily consume foods for which our bodies are not well adapted.
A person who is genetically from a southern Mediterranean country has a body that has adapted to different foods than someone from northern Europe, or even Russia. Yet in America you can find them shopping next to each other in the supermarket, choosing similar foods.
Extensive research has determined which foods serve each of the four blood types best and different countries tend to have greater concentrations of specific blood types. When the first Europeans came to the Americans they were primarily A blood types. Yet, in both North and South America the native peoples were primarily O blood types, ‘O’ for ‘Original’.
The European foods, and the diseases that accompanied them, were so foreign to the native peoples that whole populations were wiped out by invasive diseases. The situation was made worse when the government gave them foods unsuitable for their O blood types, robbing them of their traditional vitality.
This problem happens in reverse too. There are foods from the Americas that the European genes have difficulty adapting to. Plants like tomato, potato, eggplant and tobacco are part of the Deadly Nightshade family native to South America. Upwards of 20% of Americans are sensitive to this group and have adverse reactions, including inflammation, rashes and water retention. When the body is repeatedly inflamed it doesn’t heal well.
Some people need to decide if being pain-free is worth being pizza free? When you consider how much tomatoes and potatoes are staples in the American diet you can see why there is so much chronic pain.
The widescale problem with gluten intolerance comes from two sources. First, of the four main blood types, only the A blood type, ‘A’ for ‘Agriculture’, found around the Mediterranean, does fine with most grains including wheat, admittedly in moderation. In America 40% of the diet is wheat and that’s too much even for the tolerant A blood type. The second source of the problem with gluten comes from the wide scale use of glyphosate on genetically modified grains, which suppresses the intestinal flora which the body needs to assimilate those grains efficiently.
One of the reasons The Paleo diet has been so popular is that it eliminates the grains and beans that are the most commonly sprayed plants. Yet, the Paleo diet can sometimes fail older folks who have a hard time assimilating protein. The simple addition of a protein digestive aid, like chewable papaya, after each meal can help them reap the full benefits of this ancestral diet, including weight management, lean muscle development and pain reduction.
The paltry nutrients delivered by so many modern foods explains why herbal supplement have become so popular. They are the original super foods. The common herb dandelion, which most people think of as an invader in their lawn, possesses impressive amounts of vitamins and minerals, far beyond any vegetable you would find on your plate. Maybe dandelions are appearing in our lawn as potential rescuers rather than invaders?
The explosion of CBD oil from cannabis is just one example of the thousands of herbal products that provide substantial relief from pain. Cannabis is an alkaloid herb, part of an especially powerful group. But many herbs relieve pain, not only by direct intervention, but by supplying nutrients that remedy the deficiencies that cause the pain to exist.
While opioids relieve pain, they do not provide the nutrients necessary to remove the underlying condition. In fact, overtime the use of opioids can make that underlying condition worse.
Many times using opioids to solve a problem is like a mechanic grabbing a bigger hammer to quiet a squeak, when what it needs is a few turns of a wrench and a squirt of oil to run better
Often people equate herbs with drugs, partly because 60% of modern synthetic drugs were chemically copied from some portion of an herb. But, herbs are food and more people on the planet use herbs for maintaining their health than drugs. The popular Polynesian herb, Kava Kava is helpful as a muscle relaxer and to reduce social anxiety. The feline favorite Catnip helps humans turn off that continuous loop of problems running through their heads. Blessed Thistle calms the nerves while helping the body minimize the effects of seasonal allergies. Turmeric, which is the major component in curry, is an effective anti-inflammatory when combined with oil and black pepper. White Willow Bark was the pattern for aspirin and produces the same results, along with wonderful nutritive benefits. These are just a few of the thousands of herbs humanity has used for eons to reduce pain and restore the good health the body was designed for.
On May 19th at 10am, Drs. Ralph & Lahni de Amicis, Naturopaths and Master Herbalists are presenting the workshop pain-free on a budget at the Center for Spiritual Living. A shorter version of the workshop can be seen on Napa TV channel 28 on their TV show ask Ralph and Lahni. www,NVCSL.org for more information.